by Michael Shulansky
A group of Connecticut students recently had the chance to celebrate a major milestone – their graduation from high school.
They were the first-ever graduating class from Windham’s Path Academy, which opened this past fall in partnership with Our Piece of the Pie. Path works with over-age, under-credited students who have struggled in their local schools. Path Academy works with students to teach them the critical skills necessary for success in college or a career.
The 2015 class is a small and intimate one, consisting of six students who, without Path Academy, wouldn’t have had enough credits to graduate high school this year.
The ceremony was held at Eastern Connecticut State University, with parents, supporters, and friends in attendance.
“We are excited that Path Academy Windham had a graduation ceremony in its first year,” said Our Piece of the Pie Chief Executive Officer Bob Rath. “When the school was originally designed, a first year graduation was not expected. This event was a symbol of the hard work put forth by the staff and students.”
Graduate James Vincent Langlois III, credited Path Academy with helping him, saying, “I was a senior, behind on my math credits and the school gave me the help I needed to get back on track.”
“Path was a really good fit for me, I had the extra one-on-one help that I needed,” Langlois said. He’s heading to Quinebaug Valley Community College in the fall to study computer science.
Learn more about Path Academy at their website, www.windhampathacademy.org, or take a look at more pictures from the Path’s graduation below: